Learn about the types of people who become biologists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2023

64% of biologists work in full-time roles while 36% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a biologist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming biologists at a ratio of 1.14 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

67% of biologists are female and 33% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a biologist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a biologist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a biologist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of biologists are White, making up 47% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 15% and 12% respectively.